Many Nigerians have protested with his alleged ties with terrorists trusting him with data of Nigerians with the ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise could be risky.
In a viral video recorded many years ago which was later confirmed by his lawyer, Michael Numa, the Minister was seen engaging the late Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, in a public debate.
Pantami, an Islamic scholar, according to Peoples Gazette, also once declared he was always happy when infidels were massacred.ADVERTISEMENT
Peoples Gazette said Pantami’s comments were contained in three audio recordings of his teachings in the 2000s when he took extreme positions in support of the brutal exploits of Al Qaeda and Taliban elements on a campaign to obliterate the West and conquer other parts of the world.
But the Minister said his statements were misconstrued, rejecting affiliations with terror groups.